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National Pickle Day’s roots can be traced back to 1949, as part of National Pickle Week, thanks to the National Pickle Packers Association. Pickle sales increased 22% as a result of the inaugural National Pickle Week.
Relish some [fun facts about pickles] (https://www.bathroomreader.com/2016/03/12-fascinating-pickle-facts/) from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader:
5. Pickles are mentioned in the The Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s oldest known piece of literature, written by the Sumerians around 4000 B.C.
8. The cucumber is a fruit, so technically the pickle is, too.
12. The H. J. Heinz Company first sold pickles in 1876. At the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Heinz gave away “pickle pins” (green pins shaped like pickles with the word “Heinz” on them). Heinz still makes them…and has given away more than 100 million.
The world’s largest pickle festival is held in New York’s Lower East Side. Games, face painting, live DJs, balloon animals, carnival games, pickles on a stick, pickle ice cream, and a giant talking pickle are all part of the pickle celebration. I guess you could say, where there’s a dill, there’s a day!
Get a jump on next year's celebration by checking out the selection of pickle themed t-shirts in the Neatoshop!
(T-Shirt Image: Pickle by Pickle by Vitaliy Klimenko)